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Case
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Reference no. 9-703-025
Published by: Harvard Business Publishing
Originally published in: 2002
Version: 14 March 2006
Length: 23 pages
Data source: Field research

Abstract

Official data that suggest economic inequality has been mounting in the United States on various dimensions since 1979. Many causes of such inequality have been postulated: (1) technological change; (2) globalization; (3) demographic factors; and (4) changes in public policy (notably changes in taxation during the Reagan presidency). Whether rising inequality is even a cause for concern is an open question. Some dimensions of inequality may be of concern, whereas other dimensions may be viewed as less problematic. To the extent that rising inequality is seen as a social problem that needs to be addressed, various policy proposals have been advocated.
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Other setting(s):
1979-2002

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Abstract

Official data that suggest economic inequality has been mounting in the United States on various dimensions since 1979. Many causes of such inequality have been postulated: (1) technological change; (2) globalization; (3) demographic factors; and (4) changes in public policy (notably changes in taxation during the Reagan presidency). Whether rising inequality is even a cause for concern is an open question. Some dimensions of inequality may be of concern, whereas other dimensions may be viewed as less problematic. To the extent that rising inequality is seen as a social problem that needs to be addressed, various policy proposals have been advocated.

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Other setting(s):
1979-2002

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